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More lost swimming goggles - how do you label them?

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preswim Mon 24-Feb-14 18:26:04

DS has lost his goggles again. Does anyone have a fail-safe way of labelling them? The best I've come up with is permanent ink, writing his name on the strap, but its not really permanent on swimming goggles.

outtolunchagain Mon 24-Feb-14 18:28:40

I sew a name tape around the strap, of course someone could cut it off , but generally things are just mislaid rather than taken and they have come back to us

preswim Mon 24-Feb-14 18:45:49

Thanks outto. Will give it a go.

LiegeAndLief Tue 25-Feb-14 11:53:17

I would highly recommend this website The colour stickers are amazing, they stick to anything. Shoes, water bottles, care labels on clothes, they go through the dishwasher, washing machine and tumble drier. I bought some in September and not one has come off or faded. Never tried them on goggles but don't see why they wouldn't work.

PastSellByDate Tue 25-Feb-14 13:30:30

Hi pre-swim - Is the problem they take it off at the showering stage?

If so - I have girls so they use their straps - but perhaps your DS can make a slip knot of his goggles through his waste tie string? [Just place goggle under strap/ tie string then pull goggle bit over strap/ string & through the half-circle of the strap of the goggle. Pull firm to tighten in place].

DDs do this before showering and therefore don't forget (although I have to take it off before washing usually).

preswim Tue 25-Feb-14 15:53:23

Liege thanks. I do have stickers and find them good for many things, but they don't stick well to goggle straps unfortunately.

PastSellbyDate I can't imagine my DS being organised enough to do what you suggest smile, but thanks anyway. I think he dumps them on the bench when getting changed, and they fall on the floor. He's been in a couple of galas recently, so I expect they were left at one of the venues, never to be seen again. However, at least if he leaves the next pair at the school pool a name tag will help them be returned.

Aelfrith Tue 25-Feb-14 15:58:08

The sticky stickers don't stick well to the straps IME, but they do stick well to get a bigger sticker and fold it over with the strap sandwiched in the middle, so that the majority of the sticky surface is stuck to the other bit of the sticker surface on the back of the sticker IYSWIM!

It means the name is folded in half but it's readable and neat and won't come off.

itsahen Tue 25-Feb-14 16:36:07

Make DC pay for replacements ?

Iceberg75 Tue 25-Feb-14 16:42:39

I sew fabric name tapes around the goggle strap too. Works well.

lljkk Tue 25-Feb-14 19:10:48

Sharpie pen retouched frequently with our name + phone number.
Sewing name label on is good idea, though.

sockmatcher Sat 16-May-15 16:28:43

Any more magic solutions. Sharpie pen. Laundry marker. Nothing works!

NoParking Sat 16-May-15 16:33:26

The stickers for fabric clothes labels from easy2name have worked well on the flat rubbery bit of dd1's goggles. Not the strap, too much bending, but the bit near her forehead.

CharlesRyder Sat 16-May-15 19:16:33

I use a stikin on the side of the frame rather than on the strap and it has stayed on really well.

sockmatcher Sat 16-May-15 21:16:34

Thank you. Will look at labels!

Orchidaremyfavourites Sat 16-May-15 22:24:05

I stamp our goggles with a bespoke name stamp from Stamptastic. The ink lasts for ages and it stamps clothes, water bottles, trainers pretty much everything. My original ink pad has so far lasted 3 years .... I was a bit of a cheapskate tho and just had our surname done and stamp all my kids clothes just with the surname rather than paying for a stamp for each child .

BackforGood Sat 16-May-15 23:30:35

Another who used to sew fabric name tapes around the straps - I got LOADS more returned to me once I'd been given that tip, than ever before - well worth the couple of minutes it takes to do it. smile

m5hto Mon 18-May-15 00:32:45

Just bought this

sockmatcher Tue 19-May-15 17:21:27

Can you report back if it works!

Lemonsole Tue 19-May-15 18:47:06

If you lose a lot of goggles, we have found that the £2.99 kids ones from Decathlon are as good as pricey Zoggs ones, but not so traumatic to lose. Available online if you're not lucky enough to have a Decathlon close by. Beware: it's a bad as Ikea for causing un-needed yet strangely essential purchases. grin

mousmous Tue 19-May-15 18:49:39

sharpie on outside of strap and glasses.
not on the inside or it will transfer onto skin and will look stupid

FastWindow Tue 19-May-15 18:51:32

Would nail varnish work?

Pumpkinette Thu 21-May-15 09:05:03

Sharpie pen on the band (as mentioned before - on the outside) top up regularly as it fades fast with the chlorine.

AmateurSeamstress Thu 21-May-15 11:40:44

I think sometimes biro works better than laundry pen. Write in blue then black over the top, maximising the chance that some of the dye will stay.

Fabric nametape sewn round the strap has to be the ultimate solution though. I do still like those sew on name tags.

mousmous Thu 21-May-15 12:02:43

I've given up on laundry pen, they often run, esp on smooth fabrics.

sockmatcher Thu 21-May-15 12:12:17

Sharpie pen on band doesn't work. Its stayed on bridge part of nose though so far. Another lesson tonight will report back!

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